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Wipro’s cloud-based IoT platform helps connect over 10,000 JCB India construction equipment machines. Bangalore: Wipro, one of India's top IT firm today said that it has achieved a significant milestone in its ongoing Internet of Things (IoT) deployment for construction equipment maker JCB India.

Wipro’s cloud-based IoT platform helps connect over 10,000 JCB India construction equipment machines

JCB's Livelink telematics system has successfully connected over 10,000 construction equipment and machines, such as backhoe loaders, excavators and compact wheel loaders, deployed for its customers across India. The Livelink IoT solution has been designed and deployed on Wipro's cloud-based Industrial asset platform. Wipro's After Markets solution team, a part of the Manufacturing and Hi-tech SBU brought together a consortium of specialist partners to provide the turnkey solution and is responsible for ongoing deployment and support. The Livelink system allows JCB to remotely monitor the real-time health and performance of JCB assets in the field. The geo-fencing feature prevents misuse and theft of assets, while allowing asset owners to enforce contract compliance. Byrne Group Automates Asset Management, Orders. Three years after deploying passive 125 kHz RFID tags to track its tool usage, the Byrne Group, a British concrete substructure construction firm, has expanded its use of the system to identify users of its 16,000 assets—including tools, excavators, trailers and other heavy equipment, as well as consumables like gloves and boots—across its numerous construction projects.

Byrne Group Automates Asset Management, Orders

The company is also using the technology to manage the online ordering of those items. Havoc Provides RFID Asset-Tracking Solutions for Construction Industry. Havoc, a startup based in Gig Harbor, Wash., has launched a high-frequency (HF) RFID solution with ruggedized hardware for tracking inventory, inspections and maintenance on fall-protection and other safety equipment, as well as additional assets used on construction sites.

Havoc Provides RFID Asset-Tracking Solutions for Construction Industry

The system consists of cloud-based software known as SuperTrack.CT, in addition to 13.56 MHz HF RFID readers and tags, both encased in material designed to prevent damage at a worksite. RFID Enables Self-Service Tool Rental. By Brian Albright, Field Technologies magazine Speedy Services is able to provide 24/7 access to equipment for its customers thanks to RFID-fueled ‘pods.’

RFID Enables Self-Service Tool Rental

One of the many advantages of using RFID for asset tracking is that it operates relatively autonomously — staff members never have to chase assets with a pen and paper or a bar code scanner. Items can be tracked without much human intervention at all. A United Kingdom tool rental company has leveraged this capability to design unmanned, self-service equipment “pods” that provide self-service capabilities to its far-flung construction customers. Grunnarbeid Manages Tools With RFID. From PLANT West: Missing in action? - PLANT. It’s not unheard of in billion dollar-plus industrial projects, such as oil sands installations, that up to $20-million-worth in equipment and material goes missing – at least temporarily.

From PLANT West: Missing in action? - PLANT

Typically, it’s not through malfeasance or theft but simply because it got “lost” or somehow shifted on site. At best, staff time – and ultimately money – is spent on searching for the missing pieces; at worst, critical components might have to be reordered, creating delays and added costs. “That kind of thing has added to cost-over-runs and delays on big projects such as the oil sands,” says Dale Beard, president of Intelliwave Technologies Inc., an Edmonton company that developed an innovative electronic and internet-based system for locating equipment, material and even personnel at large industrial sites.

Beard demonstrates SiteSense at the expansive JV Driver fabrication yards in Nisku, just south of Edmonton. Bechtel records 6 million tag reads at Curtis Island LNG project. Construction engineering firm Bechtel recently deployed an award-winning RFID solution for a complex project involving the construction of three liquified natural gas (LNG) plants on Curtis Island in Queensland, Australia.

Bechtel records 6 million tag reads at Curtis Island LNG project

The sites represented a supply chain challenge, given that they were accessible only by water and that two of the three sites — all with separate owners — had no room to store materials that would not be used within two weeks of delivery. RFID allowed Bechtel to streamline the receiving process for steel and to record 1.2 million tag movements at its LNG project in Australia.

Bechtel deployed the Jovix system from Atlas RFID Solutions to assist in the tracking and delivery of materials from multiple storage locations to the three project construction sites. RFID System Helps Firms Track Workers. Courtesy of ThingMagic ThingMagic's low-profile, Mercury 6 RFID reader allows for a wide range of commercial applications. ----- Advertising ----- “In the old days, we would hire a security guard at the door of every clean room so no one would go in,” says Osman Chao, project executive at DPR Construction, who recently adopted Trimble’s ThingMagic, a radio-frequency identification (RFID) system that has replaced the guards at egress points and helped automate his site security.

RFID System Helps Firms Track Workers

Before the job began, Chao was faced with securing a 900,000-sq-ft site with many work zones and four phases of building protocol in which the level of cleanliness would increase with each phase. “Cleanliness isn’t a big issue when we’re building up the structure, but the minute the building is closed in and we’re building out the interiors, we need to make sure we regulate what gets into certain areas,” says Chao.